Over the course of this year (and last year?) Mel, Ash, and I read a trilogy of books: Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword, and Ancillary Mercy. They were great fun! I love Breq and I love how actually looking at some pages and seeing how differently all the words were spelled compared to how I imagined they would be demonstrated to me that I really do spell out in my head every word I hear.
Reading those books took up a significant portion of my time this past year and I think it was certainly worth it because it was great for my relationships with each of them as well as just being so darn fun and thought-provoking.
Having said that, I do wonder if I want to keep reading books because maybe if I had more time on my hands I would spend it on things that have a more visible lasting impact on me and my environment.